Attempts to poison multiple public figures, including former President Donald Trump at the White House in 2020, by mailing threatening letters containing manufactured ricin toxins to their residences were unsuccessful, according to a foreign individual who pleaded guilty on Wednesday.
According to a news release from the Justice Department, Pascale Cecile Veronique Ferrier, 55, a dual citizen of Canada and France, admitted to producing ricin at her home in Quebec, Canada, a highly lethal poison made from castor beans, and mailing it to eight members of the Texas State law enforcement agency as well as President Trump in September 2020.
“You ruin USA and lead them to disaster. I have US cousins, then I don’t want the next 4 years with you as President. Give up and remove your application for this election! ” CNN reported that Ferrier wrote, in her letter to Trump.
As noted by the BBC, Ferrier also referred to Trump in the letter as “The Ugly Tyrant Clown.”
Her fingerprints were found on the letter as identified by the FBI, which Ferrier described as “a special gift.” The note read, “If it doesn’t work, I’ll find better recipe for another poison, or I might use my gun when I’ll be able to come.”
Ferrier agreed to plead guilty to violating biological weapons bans in two different criminal instances at the U.S. the District of Columbia’s district court.
“There is no place for political violence in our country, and no excuse for threatening public officials or endangering our public servants. We hope this resolution will serve as a warning that using our mail system to send a toxic substance and other threats of this type will cost you your freedom for many years,” U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia Matthew M. Graves said in the news release.
It could have harmed postal employees, first responders, or innocent bystanders, as Authorities described Ferrier’s behavior as “reckless.”
Additionally, Ferrier proposed that someone should “please shoot [T]rump in the face,” in which she cited from a tweet in September 2020.
Ferrier sent the letters from Canada, and they included ominous language and demanded that the recipient, who was then-President Trump, “[g]ive up and remove [his] application for this election.” On September 20, 2020, authorities said, Ferrier drove a car from Canada to the Peace Bridge Border Crossing in Buffalo, New York.
And after finding a loaded firearm with hundreds of rounds of ammunition and other weapons, border patrol officials arrested Ferrier and placed her in custody.
In April, Ferrier is due to appear in a district court in Washington, D.C., where, assuming the court accepts the plea agreements, she “will be sentenced to 262 months of imprisonment.” In the jail documents cited by BBC, Ferrier had previously been imprisoned in Texas for roughly ten weeks in 2019 for illegally carrying a handgun and using a fraudulent driver’s license.
The “Walking Dead” actress Shannon Richardson attempted to send ricin to President Barack Obama and former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg in 2014 as part of a previous campaign to attack federal law enforcement and officials.
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